Ant Wars

About Ant Wars:

Hailing from Mount Maunganui, NZ, and formed in 2012, Ant Wars are a 5 piece band consisting of brothers Kaine & Jamie Harkins (Vocals & Bass), Simon Leigh Mackenzie (Drums), Simon Fritchley (Rhythm Guitar) and Aaron Cutforth (Lead Guitar).

With numerous live shows under their belt, playing with such acts as Shihad, I Am Giant and Cairo Knife Fight to name a few, Ant Wars have spent the best part of a year and a half perfecting their sound and constructing a cutting edge live show and set that is said to be explosive and mesmerizing.

Their songs vary from track to track and feel no need to stay within a certain genre – shifting between punk, blues, rock, soundscape & desert rock in one set while still maintaining integrity and a unique sound.

Ant Wars have taken a flying leap into the NZ music scene with gusto and intend to make themselves known and get their music out the best way they know how – through kick ass songs and memorable live shows.

2015 sees the band currently in the process of recording their first full length album along with making their own videos to each track.

Influences range from Fugazi, QOTSA, Melvins through to Motley Crue, Weezer and Shihad.

 

Albums

Antwars (Demo) 2014

New album coming 2015!

 

 

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Buy music and merch

http://antwars.bandcamp.com/album/antwars-demo

 

Reviews

http://www.nzmusician.co.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/10/pi_albumid/2398

http://hphamilton.blogspot.co.nz/2014/11/ant-wars-35.html

 

 

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Contact

azzacutty@hotmail.co.uk

The Bonsai Birds

About The Bonsai Birds:

The Bonsai Birds is a 3 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand. Influenced by Psyche​delic, Hard Rock and Improvisatio​nal Jams, The Bonsai Birds bring sounds that are real and vivid, sometimes sharp and violent and at other times expansive and deligh​tfully sultry.

The Bonsai Birds’ first release ‘Wrong Is Right As Rain’ was met with open arms by critics and punters alike. The Birds are live and real. Listen loud. Listen true.

Band members: Dom Clark on Guitar, William Knapp on Bass and Vocals and Jordan Clark on Drums.

 

Albums

The Bonsai BirdsTracks released to date include: Wrong Is Right as Rain, Crushington, Growing Colder, Daydreams, See You Around.

Visit Bandcamp / Soundcloud for all available music.

 

 

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http://thebonsaibirds.bandcamp.com/

 

Reviews

‘A perfect balance of art, technical ability and emotion’, with ‘the melodic quality of a Beatles track and the orchestrated chaos of a Gun Club single.’ – Elizabeth Beattie – The Corner​.co.nz

‘Eclectic, polished, and refres​hingly live sound’ sitting somewhere ‘in a Brit-pop, psyche​delic, guitar heavy rock’n’roll world.’ – Barney Chunn – Vanguarded

 

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www.facebook.com/TheBonsaiBirds/

 

Shepherds of Cassini

About Shepherds of Cassini:

Shepherds Of Cassini are a post-progressive rock-metal quartet from Auckland, New Zealand.

Expect dynamic, intricate compositions featuring heavy riffs and peculiar rhythms, brooding textures and soaring melodies, symphonic buildups and psychedelic breakdowns, passages of tranquil beauty and whirlpools of harrowing noise.

The band consists of Omar Al-Hashimi (drums), Vitesh Bava (bass), Felix Lun (violin) and Brendan Zwaan (guitar, vocals).

 

Albums

Shepherds of Cassini‘Shepherds of Cassini’ ©2013

 

 

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http://shepherdsofcassini.com/music/

 

Reviews

http://shepherdsofcassini.com/reviews/

 

 

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Sherpa

About Sherpa:

Sherpa is an Auckland based Psychedelic/Power-Pop band formed in 2006.

A high-speed blend of blood, sweat and tears with bowl cuts, feathers and rainbow kaftans, Sherpa’s live show is both raw and flamboyant, energised and unashamedly fun.

Sherpa have headlined many memorable shows as well as supporting noteworthy acts including Opossom, The Checks, Goodshirt, The Clean, Darwin Deez and Real Estate as well performing at 2012’s Auckland Laneway Festival.

Band members:

Early Sans
Ben Jack
Daniel Barrett
Vince McMillan

 

Albums

sherpa‘Blues and Oranges’ ©2014

‘Lesser Flamingo’ ©2012

‘Pretty Cool Optical Illusions’ ©2011

 

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http://www.sherpaband.com/

 

Buy music and merch

http://sherpa.bandcamp.com/

 

Reviews

http://www.nzmusician.co.nz/index.php/ps_pagename/album/pi_albumid/2278

 

 

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Contact

contact@sherpaband.com

The River Jesters

About The River Jesters:

The River Jesters are New Zealand’s own psychedelic blues rock gypsies.

A four piece band formed in 2012 in Dunedin, The River Jesters received high levels of national attention following frontman Tom Batchelor’s X Factor appearances in 2013. The band gained a strong following as a result of his TV appearances and had over 14,000 Bandcamp streams of their acoustic album ‘Really Bad Apples’ within a week.

Band members are:

Tom Batchelor – vocals, guitar
Michael Morris – guitar, vocals
Sam McKean – bass, vocals
Antonio Mercuri – drums

 

Albums

The River Jesters‘Really Bad Apples’ ©2012

‘The Live EP’ ©2013

 

 

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http://theriverjesters.bandcamp.com/music

 

 

Reviews

http://christchurchmusic.org.nz/news/river-jesters-release-new-single-pony

 

 

 

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Contact

theriverjesters@gmail.com

Left Or Right

About Left Or Right:

Left Or Right is a Bass Heavy Dub, Sonic Roots & Psychedelic Fuzz Band from Invercargill / Dunedin, New Zealand.

Since the release of their 2009 debut record, the band has continued on their mission of extensive touring, appearing at some of NZ’s sweetest festivals along the way, and performing alongside many of NZ’s highest profile acts (including The Black Seeds, Kora & Salmonella Dub). All the while, the band have also been honing their song writing craft.

Band members:

Callum Hampton
Metua Marama
Seedy Marshall

 

 

Albums

Left Or Right‘Nuggety’ ©2009

‘Buzzy’ ©2012

 

 

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Buy music and merch

http://leftorright.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Reviews

http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/review/CID/684/N/Buzzy.utr

 

 

 

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Contact

leftorrightnz@gmail.com

Royal Falcon

About Royal Falcon:

Royal Falcon are an Auckland-based band, making music akin to a deranged drifter at the window. Their raucous psychedelic country blues songwriting merges dark narrative and creeping dynamics with an explosive aural assault to create something quite intense.

Founding members Dan Pilkington (Vocals, Guitar) and Gareth Hays (Bass) established a songwriting partnership through their long-standing association with Maternal Records, having been heavily schooled in the primal rock outpourings of that label.

Perry Hooper (Guitar) is the gutsy blues protagonist at the forefront of the band. Hooper has a transcendent affinity for the Royal Falcon, and his searing leads cut through with surgical precision.

Heath King (Vocals, Drums) is the swinging dynamo that makes this bird fly, also handling lead vocals with aplomb. King is a proficient percussionist and demonstrates an array of styles, but relishes the Falcon’s call to keep it simple and solid.

Musical wayfarer Rob Simpson (Trombone, Harmonica, Percussion, Optical Theremin) wears many hats, proffering a multi- instrumental swag-bag to weave a colourful thread through all of Royal Falcon’s compositions.

Jared Greenwood (Guitar, Vocals) lends a deft hand and soulful voice, adding dextrous guitar lines to the mix. A long standing co-conspirator, Greenwood is now fully in the fold, and has stamped his presence on the Royal Falcon sound.

Despite being rocked by the untimely death of inspirational leader Dan Pilkington, the band has remained committed to their original vision, pushing on to release subsequent albums, and their music has been picked-up by and features heavily in South Pacific Pictures’ popular television series ‘Go Girls’, where it has been used to great effect, exposing the band to an audience outside of the sweaty Auckland live scene.

 

Albums

Royal Falcon‘Royal Falcon’ EP ©2008

‘Royal Falcon Ruined My Life’ ©2009

‘Royal Falcon Is The Ocean’ ©2010

‘Heavy Night’ ©2013

 

 

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http://myspace.com/royalfalcons/

 

Buy music and merch

http://www.amplifier.co.nz/release/102547/heavy-night.html

 

 

Reviews

http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/48306/royal-falcon-heavy-night-album-review

 

 

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Contact

royalfalcon.band@gmail.com

Thee Rum Coves

About Thee Rum Coves:

Rum-Cove, a great Rogue (Dictionary of thieving slang, 1737). Born in the laboratory from the DNA of The Kinks, The Sonics, Dr Feelgood and The Buzzcocks, Thee Rum Coves come blasting into your lounge like a sputnik of joy. Come on and rock n soul.

Band members are:

Jake Harding
Tomas Marin
Jono Goss
Jimmy Christmas
Kendall Elise

 

Albums

Thee Rum Coves‘Thee Rum Coves’ ©2014

 

 

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http://theerumcoves.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Media

http://cheeseontoast.co.nz/2014/12/21/thee-rum-coves-thee-rum-coves-album-review/

 

 

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Contact

theerumcoves@gmail.com

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes

About Brendon Thomas and the Vibes:

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes are an upcoming psychedelic blues rock / alternative / soul band from Auckland.

The band brings “a collaboration of souls producing an enigma of colour, through an immersing psychedelic, journeying groove.”

Band members are: Brendon Thomas – Guitar & Vocals; Timothee Nolier – Drums; Michael Anderson – Bass.

In 2014’s Battle of the Bands, Brendon Thomas took out the award for Best Guitarist and steezey groove king Michael Anderson got Best Bassist.

 

Albums

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes‘Eclect EP’ ©2014

Tracklisting: Mr Highvibe; Time Train; Break a Smile; April; Shoot Me Down; Peace Revival.

 

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http://itunes.apple.com/nz/artist/brendon-thomas-and-the-vibes/id858701363

 

Reviews

http://staticera.com/music-in-parks-nz-bands-you-should-hear/

 

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Contact

brendonthomasandthevibes@gmail.com

X-Ray Fiends

About X-Ray Fiends:

X-Ray Fiends are a garage / punk / psych / surf band from Auckland.

Listen to X-Ray Fiends – they’ll make you feel as though you’re some sort of surf-garage-bandito-rock star, living on the edge of society, taking part in only the most badass of activities.

Band members: Kieran Ruffles – Antony Pike – Callum Rooney.

 

Albums

X-Ray Fiends‘Tsunami EP’ ©2011

 

 

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http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/75256/x-ray-fiends.html

 

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http://x-rayfiends.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Reviews

http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/review/CID/549/N/Tsunami-EP.utr

 

 

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Contact

xrayfiends@gmail.com